Thursday, September 21, 2006

Thanks for Something

Thanks to everyone who voted BFS as the second best local blog, and to everyone who reads this blog but didn’t vote for me. I hope that you all took my snippiness as the end of my last post with the satirical spirit in which it was intended.

Thanks too to the Illinois Times. Given all the abuse that has been heaped on them here over the past year, it would have been perfectly understandable if they had filed my votes away in the trash next to their copy of Ann Coulter’s latest book.

Taking second place to Rich Miller and his Capitol Fax blog is quite an honor. I prefer his blog to mine as well. If you are at all interested in state politics, or even if you’re just a conscientious voter, you will benefit from reading his work.

As I said earlier in the comments section, I doubt that there was much separating me from many of the other local bloggers in terms of votes, and I know that there isn’t anything separating us in terms of quality.

Okay, enough of this sappiness. All of this false modesty is killing me.


Dave said...

Hah, you made fun, but it feels pretty good to win, eh? ANd let's face it YOU won. Rich's blog is fantasic, I read it every day, but its not really a Springfield Blog. As Unspelled put it:

"Don't get me wrong, I think Capitol Fax Blog is great - but to me, voting for CFB would have been like voting for Governor Blagojevich for "Best Hair on a Public Official". Sure the Gov has fantastic locks, but that award is meant for Mayor Timothy Davlin, who has the greatest Springfield-related hair."

Congratulations on a well-deserved win.

The Eleventh Hour

Russ said...

Well done Dan.

You da man.

If I was a poet, I would end this sentence with something that ends in 'an'.

Marie said...

Congratulations, Dan.

monkey boy said...

Bum Phillips once said:

"He can take his'n and beat your'n, then he can take your'n and beat his'n."

Thats the way I feel about your blog. Might not be relevant but I think it sounds good. And really, how often do you get the chance to quote Bum Phillips?

Seriously, BFS is the best, period. Keep up the good work!

Laura said...


Congratulations on a well-deserved nod from IT. You provide a good outlet for me to spar with my family without having to do it at mom or dad's birthday party.

I have a question though - I didn't read the issue but I saw something where the top vote-getter was the winner in all but two of the categories. So, in which two categories did the top vote-getter not win, and why?

BlogFreeSpringfield said...


I'm not sure which winners weren't the top vote getters, but I may know why the top vote getters weren't named the winners.

One year, some radio personalities started a campaign to get one of their colleagues named Best Chinese Restaurant. He ended up winning, but obviously, the IT didn't name him the winner. Maybe the same thing happened here. Or maybe the top vote getter wasn't local.


Roland Klose said...

The two categories were best reason to read Illinois Times and best way to milk a butter cow. In those two, we gave readers a sample of the broad range of answers.

In best place to meet singles, there were many votes for specific churches (and other religious institutions), and many votes for specific downtown bars and clubs. So we just grouped them, and the churches beat the bars. Who would have thunk it?

In the other categories, we went with the top vote recipient. Even then, it isn't exactly a science: Places with multiple locations seem to have a built-in advantage over places with a single location, so perhaps the results should have been weighted accordingly.

One category, we realized, may have been misinterpreted. In best-kept secret, we wondered, were some readers suggesting things that should be kept a secret?

We do what we can to make Best of Springfield accurate and fair, but it is, after all, a popularity contest -- and we defer to our readers. Even when it comes to picking the best buffet ... :)

Of course, we always welcome suggestions.

BlogFreeSpringfield said...

Well there you have it. That was just like when representative from Price Waterhouse comes out and explains the Academy Award voting. Thanks Roland.

Laura said...

Yes, thanks for the information. I just wanted to make sure that Dan really did get 2nd place and that he wasn't forced out of the top spot, seeing as he is a marked man now. I had worked up a scenario in my head where the Queen Mother of the Springfield chapter of the Red Hat Society, upon learning through her thugs that BlogFreeSpringfield was about to be named Best Blog, paid a late-night visit to the IT offices and informed Mr. Klose that if he valued both of his legs, he better re-count those votes until someone else won. I feel better knowing that Dan really is second-best.

nancy said...


You know me... I must take issue with something you said in your original post. You thanked your readers for voting BFS the second best blog in Spfld. Your readers voted you FIRST best. There just weren't as many of us. I think the fact that Rich Miller tipped his hat to you only underscores what many of us believe. BlogFreeSpringfield is the city's best blog.

Now don't piss me off with your next post.

BlogFreeSpringfield said...


If Roland was approached by the Red Hats, rest assured he would be in no condition to respond to this blog. I drew a sigh of relief when I read his post because I did fear for his well being.


Thank you for clarifying my readers' intentions. My next post was going to be on how the Hardy Boys were the most over-rated band of the 90s, but in deference to you, I'll kill that post.

Thanks for commenting,